For this zesty Carolina® Rice skillet dish, we’re excited to team up with the incredibly talented Yvette Marquez in her Spicy Lemon Garlic Skillet Rice dish made with shrimp and chicken recipe found on her website Muy Bueno Cookbook.
Add chicken to a resealable gallon-size bag, along with bell peppers, jalapeño, onions and cilantro.
In a separate resealable gallon-size bag, add the shrimp.
In a small bowl, add all the marinade ingredients and combine.
Split the marinade between the two bags. Seal the bags and refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cook the rice. (See directions below)
Heat olive oil in a large skillet and cook chicken mixture. Cook chicken about 8 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and chop.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in the same skillet with drippings over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook for 2 minutes per side.
Stir chopped chicken, veggies and cooked shrimp into the rice.
Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired and serve.
Heat butter in a medium stock pot over medium heat and add rice. Stir until rice is slightly browned. Add the onions and stir for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add chicken broth. Stir and let mixture come to a boil; lower heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Shrimp cooks quickly! It only needs a few minutes. Once it turns pink and opaque, it’s ready. If you cook it too long, it’ll become rubbery.
If your mouth isn’t watering just looking at the photo of this paella-like toasted rice topped with spicy lemon and garlic marinated chicken, shrimp and veggies, it sure will be when you smell it cooking together! Just looking at the ingredient list is enough for us to make a mad dash to break out the skillet and a defrost that frozen chicken and shrimp.
Now if you feel a bit intimidated by the long list of steps and ingredients, take it one step at a time and get organized before starting. Another great part about this dish is that mostly everything is a pantry ingredient so make sure to stock up on broth or bouillon cubes, frozen veggies, chicken and shrimp along with a few essential spices you can reuse for other dishes like a delicious Grilled Veggie Burrito Bowl.
If you’re thinking about skipping the marinating process or wait time, you’ll be missing out on all of that delicious infused flavor! Marinating your chicken, veggies and shrimp for the allotted time or more is a wonderful way to transform your dinner into a simple rice dish with chicken and shrimp to a flavorful skillet dish with vegetables, spices and savory toasted rice. Ready in just 20 minutes, this dish will most definitely be part of your weekly routine.